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The Celtics went 1-2 this week, with their only victory on Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and consecutive losses to the Detroit Pistons, and WashingtonWizards.
This game was all Kevin Love vs Jared Sullinger. Sullinger faced off against the All Star power forward, and hung with him throughout the game. Sullinger ended the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and a career high 5 assists. He also managed to drain a three pointer and shot 9-11 from the line. Not bad... However, Love was just a little better. Love ended the game with 27 points, 14 rebounds, and a steal. However, Sullinger stole the show in the fourth quarter, lighting it up with 15 points, and 6 rebounds in the closing quarter. This performance propelled the Celtics to a 101-97 victory at home. Avery Bradley also played well, scoring 19 and adding on 5 rebounds and 2 assists. The game was close to the very end, but the Celtics were fueled by Jared Sullinger, and pulled out a victory.
Boston- meet Brandon Jennings. The former Buck exploded in this game for 28 points, and was uncharacteristically unselfish also dropping 14 dimes. Normally, when people think of the Pistons, they think of their terrifying front line of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond. This game was all Jennings. No Celtic reached 20 points this game, but Sullinger did have 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Andre Drummond had 14 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Josh Smith had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. While the game was a nail-biter, ending 107-106 the Pistons played much better and dominated on the interior.
The Celtics ended the first quarter with a 16 point lead. Then, the Wizards went on a run and controlled the game through the fourth quarter. John Wall had 20 points, 9 assists, and 6 steals. Wall forced turnovers which led to easy points in transition for the Wizards. Avery Bradley led the Celtics in scoring with 26 points. He also added 5 rebounds, and 1 steal. Sullinger had another big game with 22 points, and 11 rebounds. Overall, it was a strong effort by the Celtics, but they still lost 106-99.